Harvard Crimson men's basketball
|Head coach||Tommy Amaker (5th year)|
Crimson and Black
|NCAA Tournament Elite Eight|
|NCAA Tournament appearances|
|1946, 2012, 2013|
|Conference regular season champions|
|2011, 2012, 2013|
Harvard Crimson men's basketball program represents intercollegiate men's basketball at Harvard University. The team currently competes in the Ivy League in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and play home games at the Lavietes Pavilion in Boston, Massachusetts. The team's last appearance in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament was in 2013, where Harvard upset 3-seed New Mexico 68-62 for the university's first-ever NCAA tournament win. The Crimson are currently coached by Tommy Amaker.
Tommy Amaker era
On April 11, 2007, Tommy Amaker was named men's basketball coach at Harvard University, becoming the only African American among Harvard's 32 head coaches. On January 7, 2009, Amaker's Harvard squad defeated then-ranked Boston College (#17 AP Poll/#24 Coaches' Poll) for the first win over a ranked team in the program's history. The following season, after coaching Harvard to its most successful season ever behind the play of Jeremy Lin, the 2009–10 team was invited to participate in the 2010 CollegeInsider.com Tournament. The team was defeated in the first round by Appalachian State.
Amaker led the 2010-11 team team to a share of the 2010–11 Ivy League men's basketball season championship, which was school's first men's basketball Ivy League Championship since the league was formed during the 1956–57 season. Harvard finished the season a perfect 14–0 at home, which surpassed the prior season's school record of eleven home wins. The team's 12 conference game wins established a school record. The team's victory over Colorado was the team's first ever against a Big 12 Conference opponent since that conference commenced play in 1996. His fourth season also marked the fourth straight season that the team defeated at least one power conference opponent. By finishing as Ivy League Co-champion, they faced Princeton in a one-game playoff and lost by a score of 63–62. Harvard earned an automatic bid to the 2011 National Invitation Tournament, but was defeated by Oklahoma State by a 71–54 margin in the first round. The final record of 23–7 surpassed the prior season's total of 21 wins for the most in the history of the program.
Financial aid and recruiting
Another key to Harvard's recent success in basketball has been a 2006 change in the school's financial aid policy. Although the Ivy League strictly prohibits athletic scholarships, Harvard has adopted an aid scheme that makes the school far more accessible to low- and middle-income students. Under current policy, all students (not just athletes) from families with an income less than $180,000 pay at most 10% of family income, and those with family incomes under $60,000 receive full scholarships. According to Jay Hart of Yahoo! Sports,
With the financial barrier to entry lifted, an offer to play basketball at Harvard became instantly competitive with the rest of the world of collegiate athletics, where full-ride scholarships are (purportedly) the only currency.
NCAA Tournament results
The Crimson have appeared in the NCAA tournament three times. Their combined record is 1–4.
|1946||Elite Eight||Ohio State||L 46–38|
|Regional 3rd Place||NYU||L 67–61|
|2012||Second Round||Vanderbilt||L 79–70|
|2013||Second Round||New Mexico||W 68-62|
|Third Round||Arizona||L 74–51|
The Crimson have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament once. Their combined record is 0-1.
|2011||First round||Oklahoma State||L 71–54|
The Crimson have appeared in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament once. Their combined record is 0-1.
|2010||First round||Appalachian State||L 93–71|
Bold denotes active player.[a]
- A player is considered inactive if he has announced his retirement or not played for a full season.
- Picker, David (2007-04-14). "Amaker Brings Baggage to Harvard". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-04-02.
- "Lin powers Harvard to rare upset over No. 24 BC". ESPN.com. 2009-01-07. Retrieved 2010-04-02.
- "Harvard 71 (21–8, 10–4 Ivy), Appalachian St 93 (23–12, 13–5 Southern)". ESPN.com. 2010-03-17. Retrieved 2010-04-16.
- "Harvard tops Princeton 79-67 to share Ivy title". ESPN. 2011-03-05. Retrieved 2011-03-06.
- "Amaker Named Finalist For Jobe Award". Harvard University. 2010-03-10. Retrieved 2010-03-31.
- "2010-11 Highlights". Ivyleaguesports.com. p. 4.
- Kessler, Martin (2010-11-29). "Harvard Men’s Basketball Notches First Win Over Big 12 School: Crimson easily handles Colorado, 82-66, at Lavietes Pavilion". Harvard Crimson. Retrieved 2011-03-06.
- Walsh, Timothy J. (2010-11-29). "NOTEBOOK: Crimson Tops BCS Foe For Fourth Straight Year". Harvard Crimson. Retrieved 2011-03-06.
- "Princeton KO's Harvard on last-second jumper to earn NCAA bid". ESPN. 2011-03-12. Retrieved 2011-03-12.
- "Oklahoma State routs Harvard in NIT opener". ESPN. 2011-03-15. Retrieved 2011-03-16.
- Hart, Jay (March 14, 2012). "Coach Tommy Amaker and a generous financial-aid policy turn Harvard into a hoops haven". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved March 17, 2012.